Work with BookTrust

BookTrust is the UK's largest reading charity. Each year we reach millions of children across the UK with books, resources and support.

Our books and resources are delivered via health, library, schools and early years practitioners and are supported with guidance to encourage the development of a reading habit. Reading for pleasure has a dramatic impact on educational outcomes, wellbeing and social mobility and is also a huge pleasure in itself. We are committed to starting children on their reading journey and supporting them throughout.

Please note: Our usual home, unless otherwise specified, is Battersea Studios in London. We are currently a 'work from home' organisation due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. This will be reviewed on an ongoing basis in line with government guidance.


Office and Facilities Support

Location: Battersea, London (with office based working on two fixed days each week, rest of week choice of office or remote working)
Contract: Full time, fixed term (nine months)
Salary: £25,000 per annum

Working closely with colleagues across the organisation, this role will enable an effective running of BookTrust's office space, especially during the initial transition back into the workplace.

Provision of comprehensive key administrative duties and facilities support across all areas of the organisation is the backbone of this role and requires working to tight deadlines with a proactive outlook. The post holder will have responsibility for managing all day-to-day aspects of general office procedures and ensure processes and duties in the office flow efficiently.

The role entails working across multiple departments and building good working relationships with colleagues at all levels.The post holder will be involved in a variety of office-based projects, playing an effective role within these.

To find out more about the role, please call Siobhan Flude on 020 7734 7341, and to apply, please contact her on siobhan.flude@mainecharity.co.uk.

Closing date: Thursday, 9 December 2021 at 4pm
Interviews: Interviews will be via Microsoft Teams. Dates TBC.

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Finance Assistant

Location: Battersea, London (with office based working on two fixed days each week, rest of week choice of office or remote working)
Contract: Part time, 6 months FTC
Salary: £23,000 - £25,000 depending on experience

A new position has been created for a part-time Finance Assistant. The purpose of the role is to assist primarily with the purchase ledger function but also provide support to the sales ledger. This role is varied, challenging and it is vital that you have an interest in finance. Joining the small team, the role gives the opportunity to gain experience in the charity accounting sector.

In the first instance this role will be on a fixed term contract of 3 days a week for 6 months with 2 of those days to be spent at our head office in Battersea. The other day could be working from home or in the office, as required.  It is likely that the role will be extended beyond 6 months with a possible increase in days worked per week.

To apply, please send a copy of your CV to recruitment@booktrust.org.uk along with a covering letter showing how you meet the person specification and your motivations for applying for the role.

Want to join us? Find out more about who we are at: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/about-us/work-at-booktrust/

Closing date: Thursday, 9 December 2021, 5pm     

Interview date: W/C 13 December 2021

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Senior Research and Impact Officer (2x vacancies)

Location: Battersea, London (with office based working on two fixed days each week, rest of week choice of office or remote working)
Contract: Full time, permanent
Salary: £34,000 – £40,000 per annum depending on experience

The Research and Impact team is growing and we are looking for two new team members:

  • Senior research and impact officer – with deep expertise in data
  • Senior research and impact officer – with deep expertise in working with vulnerable families

This is a brilliant time to join BookTrust's innovative and collaborative research and impact team. We are working hard to improve our understanding of and engagement with beneficiaries and partners, to measure the impact of our work and to support evidence-based decision making across the organisation.

To apply, please send a copy of your CV to recruitment@booktrust.org.uk along with a covering letter showing how you meet the person specification and your motivations for applying for the role(s). Please also answer these questions in your cover letter:

BookTrust engages with its beneficiaries (children and families) through evaluation and research activities to inform its future work. Why is it important for a charity like BookTrust to engage with beneficiaries? What challenges might BookTrust encounter in engaging with beneficiaries and how would you address some of these?

Your covering letter should not be longer than two sides, including your response to these questions.

Closing date: Sunday, 12 December 2021 at 9pm. Please note that this is a rolling recruitment process and we will be interviewing suitable candidates who apply before this time. We therefore encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

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Our commitment to diversity and inclusivity

We aim to provide an inclusive recruitment process and actively welcome applications from diverse talent pools: BAME candidates, candidates with disabilities and long-term conditions and candidates from under-represented communities.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and want to ensure we have an accessible application process for all candidates. If you need any reasonable adjustments or would like us to do anything differently during the application process, please contact our HR team on HR@booktrust.org.uk or 020 7801 8855/8856 to discuss your requirements further.

In order that our equality policy is effective we carry out regular monitoring of job applicants, and we would therefore ask you to complete the equality monitoring form.This information will be kept centrally within our secure HR department, completely separate from your recruitment application form and will be used for the sole purpose of compiling statistical information. The information will be separated from the application form and will not be given to the selection panel. The completed monitoring form will be destroyed once the information given in it has been collated.

BookTrust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. The recruitment and selection process reflect our commitment to safeguarding, therefore the suitability of all prospective employees will be assessed during the recruitment process in line with this commitment, with pre-employment checks.

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